Looking on league form this year this was always going to be a tough match for the travelling side, Camborne appeared to be a free scoring side who gave little away in defence and were yet to lose at home this season.
Subsequently Reds finished the game beating Camborne three tries to one, with Camborne’s sol try coming from a very poor decision from the Cornish referee.
Despite all the rain the previous night, the pitch held up very well and with the sun out, this was going to be a fast flowing game with little room for error.
Both teams started at a frantic pace testing each other for weaknesses. Reds were testing the Camborne defence with some hard running, No10 Ross Martin put prop Jason Owen
through a whole in midfield which took Reds into the opposite 22 for the first time. Reds were unable to keep possession for long and a turn over allowed Camborne to clear their lines.
Minutes later Reds were back on the attack, a Martin chip over the defence and a lucky bounce put Wing Paul Todd in for try under the posts after just 5 mins Reds were 0-7 up with a conversion from Ross Martin.
From the restart Camborne came out of the blocks hard and piled plenty of pressure on the defence with some strong running from both 8 and 15. Despite the early score Reds were still full of nerves and some over eagerness at the breakdown resulted in several penalties for the home side. One of which was converted to make the score 3-7.
After 20 mins and a few more penalties against Reds the referee had had enough and issued a yellow card to innocent prop Owen for handling on the floor.
Even though Reds were down to 14 men, they were now getting all the possession, with some aggressive play from the pack and some great handling from the backs allowing Wing Todd in for his second try of the match.
Back to 15 men and Reds looked to be heading into the break with a healthy lead, but the Cornish referee seemed to have different ideas. With Reds on the attack, a blatant and deliberate knock on by the Camborne winger should have resulted in a penalty to Reds. Everyone in the stadium bar the referee spotted the infringement which resulted in a runaway try for Camborne to bring the halftime score to 10-12.
Following the shambolic referring decision, Reds could have lost there heads in the second half but kept there composure. Reds bring on replacements in the form of Luke Summerfield
, Jed Hooper
and Dave Harris
to freshen things up.
Reds started the 2nd half as they’d finished the 1st half with the lions share of possession and territory. Continuous battering of the Camborne try line, eventually resulted in a try out wide for centre Henry Goldson
on 60mins, Martin adds the extras 10-19.
The final 20mins saw former Hong Kong International Luke Nabaro and 2nd Row Anthony Davies take to the field.
In the final quarter Camborne pressure on Reds defence which was constantly tested around the fringes, but was never broken, thanks to the aggressive tackling of the entire pack. Camborne did manage to force a penalty which narrowed the margin to 13-19 going into the final minutes
Despite all the possession Reds could have lost the game in the final few minutes. A Ross Martin drop goal attempt was charged down by the Camborne full back. If it wasn’t for the quick reflexes of Martin then Camborne would have been in under the posts and snatched the game away from Reds in the dying minutes.
A fantastic away win for Old Reds, who face another away trip in the last 8 against Swindon on April 3rd.
Man of the Match – (Captain) Kai Blankely